Fighting till the end

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, July 28, 2010

As the Troy Americans fought through the 2010 State Tournament, it encountered both highs and lows.

Unfortunately, on Wednesday night, it was the latter of the two.

As Troy entered its game against Taylorville, both teams were looking to survive elimination and not be sent home.

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However, in the end, it was the home team that was knocked out of the running for a state title, as Taylorville won 8-3.

“It’s disappointing for sure,” Troy head coach Frank Scarbrough said following the loss.

“But that disappointment can’t overshadow all the amazing accomplishments this team was apart of.

“We all had an amazing experience over the past two months,” the coach added.

As he did in Troy’s first elimination game on Monday night, Dawson Hamlin took the mound.

For two innings, neither team could find a way to push a runner across the plate as both teams had multiple opportunities to take a lead.

However, in the bottom of the third, Taylorville took advantage of an opportunity.

The visiting team scored six runs off of six hits to take a commanding 6-0 lead going into the fourth inning.

Troy was able to answer back, with two runs of their own however, thanks to a Spencer Floyd groundout that brought Hamlin home and a Clayton Hester sacrifice fly that brought home Wood Jinright.

Another run from Taylorville in the bottom of the same inning improved its lead to 7-2, and one that Troy would not be able to match.

“The thing is, I thought we had more discipline at the plate (Wednesday night) than we had the entire tournament,” Scarbrough said.

“We had plenty of chances to score runs all throughout the game – we were just unable to get the hits that we needed and (Taylorville) was able to get them.”

Troy had the bases loaded three different times in the game, twice with only one out in the inning.

Taylorville’s Carson Crowe, who won the Home Run Derby that took place on Friday night, belted a home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to give his team an 8-2 lead.

In the top of the sixth inning, Floyd kept Troy alive thanks to a triple that scored Wood Jinright in the process, however, Troy was unable to do anymore damage.

“Taylorville is a great team,” Scarbrough said.

“But our guys have a lot to be proud of. They came into this tournament and really surprised a lot of people.”

This was the Troy team’s first tournament of the season, as it did not play in the Sub-District or District Tournaments.

“I couldn’t be more proud of how well this team played right from the start,” the coach said.

“They worked hard the entire time – and I am so proud and fortunate to have been apart of this team.”

For the game, Garrett Tucker finished 1-3 with a single, while Hamilin finished 1-2 with a single, a walk and a run scored.

Floyd let the way with two RBIs while Hester added another.